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Travel to Venezuela: Useful Tips

Tourists from many countries, including the United States , do not require visas to travel to Venezuela as tourists, if their stay is to be of 90 days or less. The only requirement is filling the tourist card provided by the transportation carrier or airline. If the travel is for business, study or working purposes, you must go to the Venezuelan Consulate in your jurisdiction (check Consulates).

When entering or leaving Venezuela, sums or values greater than three thousand dollars (US$ 3,000.oo) must be declared to the Customs authorities.

Currencies are exchanged in banks and money exchange shops. These outlets are available at airports and in cities all over the country Banking hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Some private exchange shops located in shopping centers operate on weekends, and ATMs can be accessed with credit cards to obtain local currency 24 hours a day.

Most public phones operate with telephone cards sold in magazine shops and stands. For international calls to the United States, you need to dial 001 for international access to the US, then the regular US area code and telephone number.

Public transportation is free for children up to the age of four. Children under 12 and seniors over 60 years of age pay half fares.

Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 or 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outlets in some Shopping Centers are open until 9:00 p.m. and are also open on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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